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Achieving Goals Whilst Living With Chronic Pain

I wasn't going to write this post, but then I thought why not? Why shouldn't I talk about something that affects me daily, something I am struggling with a lot and that has become a part of me as much as I dislike it.

Living with chronic pain is a struggle in so many ways, there's the obvious ways of course, the physical and emotional demands, but then there are the struggles of it being something that is totally invisible on the surface. It's that invisibility that makes things like the guilt that comes along with being a young Mum of two little people and somebody that is self-employed and so somebody that can't just 'take it easy' even worse. Because the fact is, I have to rely on my Husband. A lot.

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Christmas Came Early! 2017

Celebrating Christmas in November is totally acceptable right?! Because that's exactly what we did on the 18th - Christmas at the Gladwin's came a month and a bit early!

But no, we've not gone (completely) mad, we celebrated the big festive day early because Adam's brother will be leaving and heading over to New Zealand to live for a while with his girlfriend who he met whilst travelling in New Zealand. She's been here for the past two years and we've had such a great time getting to know her and doing lots of fun things together like our recent holiday to Crete and our trip the Lake District last year. But now her visa is up and so they're going to live back across the other side of the world.

The Nostalgia Tag - Falling Over In The Fashion Show, Goosebumps, Buffy The Vampire Slayer & More!

I love reflecting and looking back. It's so interesting that our past and our present is what shapes our future. I was recently tagged over on youtube to do The Nostalgia Tag and I loved filming it so much that I thought I would I share a post about it here on my blog too. There are 15 questions in the tag and you can find my answers below. I'd love to know your answers to some of the questions, so please do leave me a comment below once you've finished reading. :)

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Charity Shop Finds November 2017

I know that this is a slightly different post to my normal sort of blog posts, but I thought I would write and share it as, to be honest, it's the sort of thing I'd be quite interested in reading myself. 

Ever since I was a young girl, I've always found something quite exciting about charity shops. I think it's the thought of not knowing what you might find inside of one and also the idea that you might find something that turns out to be an absolute bargain. 

We didn't have a lot of money when I was young, so going to and getting something from the charity shop was a treat for us and it was a tradition that we absolutely loved! And now that I'm a Mum myself, I really enjoy taking my boys when we can and letting them choose something small - it always get them so excited. 

Charity Shop Finds November 2017

Beautiful Personalised Gifts That You Can Order Online

*Collaborative post 

With Christmas coming up fast, my thoughts have turned to present buying. This task is both a pleasure and a headache. It is always nice to be able to buy someone you love something special. The problem is that sometimes finding the right gift is not easy. Occasionally you have to spend a lot of time going from shop to shop to find what you need. When inspiration will not come or you are short on time or money gift buying can become quite stressful.

Fortunately, there is an easy solution. Over the years, I have found that buying personalised gifts online solves both the time and inspiration issues.

The Boys In November 2017 - Feeling Festive, Reflecting and A New Toddler Routine

Eek, I can't believe that it's the 15th of November! I'm feeling really festive already, I think this might be the earliest ever that I've felt so christmassy, but this year I am just loving the build up even more! I'm being super organised and I have all of my content for my blog and youtube channel up until Christmas planned. We've chosen all of the boys Christmas presents, we've even purchased a lot of Christmas presents for other people and I've filled our diary with Christmas related things to do! This time of year, despite the weather being depressingly cold, is so much fun with kids!

Ethan and Logan are getting really excited too - they are both at an age where they understand Christmas and so it's so lovely to see them taking everything in such as all of the lovely festive decorations in the shopping centre. I can't wait to see them on Christmas morning tearing open their presents and having lots of fun.

Ethan has been getting on really well at school still which I'm really thankful for. He gets more and more tired as the week goes on and by Friday we see a far grumpier Ethan than we do on Monday. But I know it must be a lot to take in and very tiring for him. We definitely see some attitude from him and I'm sure this is a combination of school and just being four, but on the whole he's a lovely, if slightly crazy like the rest of us, little boy and I'm very proud of him.

Christmas Gift Ideas: Best Fragrances For Christmas This Year

Now that we're half way through November (already?!) and the shops are all looking very festive, I feel like it's okay to finally talk about Christmas! This year I am feeling super organised and super excited and I think it has something to do with the boys ages and their understanding of it all. I've chosen presents and started shopping and I've planned all of my content from now until Christmas and I'm very excited this year to be doing gift guides again which I will be sharing with you all very soon!

Best Fragrances For Christmas

But first of all I want to start off with fragrances! The thought of buying friends and family a new fragrance for Christmas when they haven't told you exactly which one they'd like sounds like it might be a bit of a challenge, but it really doesn't have to be. Websites like sell all sorts of different fragrances for both men and women and they make the process so easy and fuss-free. They always have fantastic savings over on their website on all the best, well known fragrances and there are great descriptions of each one so that you can really get a feel for what each scent is like. There are also reviews for each, as well as free UK returns and often free delivery codes on orders over £20.

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